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Picholine’s ‘Oceanic’ Sea-Urchin Panna Cotta

“I have a personal interest in this dish,” he says, “and I wouldn’t let it go.” That’s Picholine chef Terrance Brennan on his sea-urchin panna cotta, one of only two items from the restaurant’s previous incarnation that he continues to serve today. The dish, which the chef describes as “all about the taste of the ocean, and nothing else” is the first course of an $80 three-course prix fixe menu, and one of his signatures. As always, simply scroll over the arrows on the large image to see quotes from the chef.

Eat Bar Masa’s Fried Fugu — We Double-Dog Dare You

Fugu, or the flesh of the blowfish, can be deadly if prepared the wrong way, as anyone who has seen the Simpsons episode where Homer is given 24 hours to live after having it served to him by an inexperienced chef can attest. (Actually, he’s given 22 — says Dr. Hibbert: “I’m sorry I kept you waiting so long.”)

Designer Lyn Devon Survives Fashion Week With Pizza and the City's Best Cappuccino

Lyn Devon designed for Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen before starting her own house out of the basement of her Broome Street apartment in 2005, dressing Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Stiles. Normally she’d be dining out with friends (her fridge holds little more than hummus, ice cream, and beer), but during Fashion Week, twelve-hour workdays rule out anything beyond the occasional late-night decompression session at the local dive bar. Besides “constant coffee and water,” we wondered what else fueled her as she prepared for her show yesterday morning.

Television, Radio, and Chamber Music

Museum of Television and Radio gala. Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave., nr. 49th St., 6 p.m. Hosted by Tom Brokaw in honor of Sir Howard Stringer; guests include Helen Gurley Brown, Dominick Dunne, Angela Lansbury, Morley Safer, and Andy Rooney. Wow. That's a lot of people who are really, really … uh … experienced in the breadth and totality of television and radio history. • "Lovestruck" party presented by Lincoln Center Chamber Music patrons' society. Marlborough Gallery, 40 W. 57th St., nr. Fifth Ave., 7 p.m. Hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, this event is allegedly a celebration of sensuality and indulgence. We're not saying it isn't, but all the people who got their pictures taken at the event last year must be really good at keeping a poker face on their sensual indulgence. Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

Spitzer Bails on Silver Dinner

Governor Spitzer is adding a new twist to the old adage: He's not eating where he's been shat upon. Sheldon Silver's Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee has a gala dinner scheduled for next week honoring the new governor. The invitation promised a Grand Hyatt soirée next Thursday to celebrate "a new direction for New York State as we honor our Governor." But Silver chose to honor the new governor yesterday afternoon by reneging on a deal and picking an Assembly member to be state comptroller. And now, according to a senior-level source in the administration, Spitzer will cancel his plans to attend the dinner. The decision was made earlier today, said the source. The governor also skipped a long-planned lunch with Assembly Democrats. A Spitzer spokesman said the governor's calendar for next week had yet to be mapped out.
Geoffrey Gray

Video: Backstage at Doo.Ri, Rushing to Conform

Backstage at Doo.Ri, Jada Yuan finds stylists who must make the latecomers look like the other models, even when there's no time to curl hair. "I am pushed by the wind!" one exclaimed. Designer Doori Chung's collection picks up where she left off last spring, she said: "the idea of a dress enveloping over oneself." Watch more videos from fall 2007 Fashion Week. Video: Backstage at Doo.Ri

Miss. J. Gets Inspired at Badgley Mischka

Rachel Bilson
Because it is the custom of celebrities to come pouring into a show just before it begins, it was weird to see Giada de Laurentiis squeezing past us to get out of the tent before the lights went down at Badgley Mischka. Maybe she realized that she'd left the oven on?